The Standard Launches The Index Select Annuity

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Standard is expanding its annuity product portfolio with the new Index Select Annuity (ISA), a single premium indexed deferred annuity. With the highest interest rate cap offered by The Standard, the ISA is designed for individuals looking for an annuity to maximize their earnings potential while minimizing their risk.

ISA policyholders can choose from a five- or seven-year surrender-charge period and are able to allocate funds between an index interest account and a fixed interest account. The portion of funds allocated to the index interest account will be credited a rate based on the performance of the Standard & Poor's 500 index up to the stated index rate cap and will not lose any value if the S&P 500® goes down.

The portion of funds allocated to the fixed interest account will be credited an interest rate that is guaranteed for one year. After that guarantee period, the contract will receive renewal rates based on the current interest rate environment.

"The ISA is an exciting addition to our product lineup and was designed to offer policyholders an ideal combination of growth potential, safety and tax deferral," said Rich Lane, director of Individual Annuity Sales and Marketing. "We believe the ISA is a great choice for disciplined savers who want to benefit from an index annuity with the highest cap rate available at The Standard."

Basing the index interest account's crediting rate on the performance of the Standard & Poor's 500 index allows policyholders to benefit from the growth of the index and, at the same time, be protected from market downturns. In addition, the annual index term design credits gains in the index at the end of each 12-month period, avoiding excessively long waits for index crediting. The earnings are then locked into the index interest account value and will not be reduced in the event of negative index performance in the future.